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Europe must free itself from NATO

By Antanas Tubelis on Wednesday, July 28, 2021

NATO is an useless obsolete organisation of cold war, totaly inefficient. It is time to remove the U.S. troops from Europe. European states should build their own defense. NATO is an organization that is needed primarily by the United States, not Europe. America needs NATO to keep Europe under its control. Moreover, the United States also has a financial benefit. The U.S. carries a disproportionately large share of the financial…

Air defence of the Baltic States is in bad condition

By Kasparas Jankauskas on Tuesday, July 27, 2021

The air defence of the Baltic States is too weak to protect NATO reinforcements coming to aid, according to a report by an Estonian defence think tank. The Estonian study recommends the Baltic States to acquire medium-range anti-aircraft systems and an adequate supply of missiles, as well as better command and communications networks. Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are small, and so are their armed forces. The few NATO troops and…

Lithuania stands up to China — but who will follow?

By Edward Lucas on Friday, July 23, 2021

BOILING IN THE BALTIC Lithuania rewrote the diplomatic map this week by welcoming Europe’s first “Taiwanese Representative Office.” Note the name: Taiwan’s de facto embassies in other European capitals use the “Taipei” label. That is to appease the mainland Chinese authorities, who regard the self-governing offshore democracy as a rebel province. No such deference in Vilnius. As we’ve reported in previous editions, the new government of the southernmost Baltic state…

NATO is as good as dead

By Scott Ritter on Thursday, July 22, 2021

WHEN the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was founded some 70 years ago, its first secretary-general, Lord Ismay, famously noted that the purpose of the treaty alliance was ‘to keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down.’ NATO’s mission was to secure peace in Europe, promote cooperation among its members and guard their freedom by countering the threat posed by the Soviet Union at the time. This latter…

Lithuanian MOD conceals crimes in the army

By Jonas Dringelis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Weapons, drugs, drunkenness, violence, thefts in the Lithuanian Armed Forces are the results of the work of the Minister National Defence of Lithuania. Since the appointment of Arvydas Anušauskas as Minister of National Defence (December 2020), the statistics of crimes committed by the servicemen of the Lithuanian Army has been increasing. According to the Lithuanian police, during the summer period alone, several criminal incidents involving servicemen of the Lithuanian Armed…

Latvia developed new tasks for NATO soldiers

By Viktors Domburs on Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Member of the Latvian Saemas’ national association “Everything for Latvia!” and Freedom”/LNNK Jānis Dombrava stated the need to attract NATO troops to resolve the migration crisis. This is reported by la.lv.  In his opinion, illegal migration from the Middle East to Europe may acquire the feature of an invasion. He believes that under the guise of refugees, foreign military and intelligence officers can enter the country. To his mind, in…

Lithuania needs Turkey’s help (Video)

By Kasparas Jankauskas on Monday, July 19, 2021

Lithuania has seen an influx of migration from the Middle East and Africa via Belarus, which officials say is being facilitated by Minsk. The Lithuanian government has declared a state-level emergency situation due to the spike of irregular migration. As a result, Lithuania makes efforts to find a solution to this problem in the East. Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis has left for Turkey for talks on curbing irregular migration…

NATO military spending: Baltic States are at the top

By Kasparas Jankauskas on Friday, July 9, 2021

NATO has released its latest estimates showing which nations meet the 2% of GDP guideline spend on defence. The number of NATO nations meeting or exceeding the alliance’s target of spending 2% of their gross domestic product (GDP) on defence has decreased, according to the latest official estimates. NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has called on defence spending to increase within the alliance. It should be noted that only 10…

Lithuanian politicians take the last money from the population

By Vairis Godmanis on Wednesday, June 30, 2021

In the updated draft budget for 2021, the Lithuanian Cabinet of Ministers is proposed to significantly increase funding for the defense sector. The revised project involves an increase of 53.5 million euros. Thus, the new document focuses on the protection of the state border and the country’s financial obligations to NATO. It is proposed to increase military spending to 2.03% of GDP and allocate an additional 20.7 million euros to…

The weak spot of NATO

By Antanas Tubelis on Tuesday, June 29, 2021

NATO is an organization created to promote and protect U.S. geopolitical interests in Europe. The United States totally control and fund NATO. The United States are most interested in the existence of NATO and play determinative role in the bloc. The United States has created a myth about “Russian threat” to justify the necessity of NATO’s existence. Despite all NATO preparations to repel Russia’s “aggression”, in a possible military conflict…